1 hour and a half by car from Marbella, less than an hour from malaga (with the new road), 52 km from Malaga, is called 'Balcón del Mediterraneo' ('Balcony of Mediterranean Sea'). Apart of the beautiful view its Cueva de Nerja, a 3000 years old cave with colossal stalactites, makes it worth a visit.
Catch a bus along the coast to Nejra, another nice town. You can catch a bus up to the Nejra caves, enjoy the lush beach and some great food at the little restaurant at the bottom of the path to the beach
A vist to Nerja. Nerja is a charming little town on the east of Malaga. It is about 56km from Malaga.
I love the home-made ice cream here... yummy... :)